Kawhi Leonard Says Clippers 'Not Satisfied' with Early Season Performance

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2021

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dunks the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard said Wednesday the team isn't content despite an 11-4 record that's tied with the rival Los Angeles Lakers for the best mark in the NBA.

"Happy with the wins we're getting, but we're not satisfied," Leonard told reporters after the team's fifth straight victory, a 115-96 triumph over the Sacramento Kings.

The Clippers will likely be hesitant to celebrate any short-term successes throughout the 2020-21 campaign based on how last season played out.

They finished 49-23, the fourth-best record in the NBA and second in the West behind the Lakers, and then eliminated the Dallas Mavericks in six games in the opening round of the playoffs.

L.A. then went up 3-1 against the Denver Nuggets in the conference semifinals only to lose three straight games in a season-ending collapse.

That said, the early signs this season are overwhelmingly positive. The Clips are playing well both at home (6-2) and on the road (5-2), and their point differential (+7.1) is third in the league.

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The combination of Leonard (24.9 points per game) and Paul George (24.4) has been terrific, and the team's depth has also been a major factor, with six other players averaging over 8.5 points.

"We're still trying to get better. That's our mindset," Leonard said. "We want to keep it moving. It's the first leg of the season. We got to finish it out. We're not satisfied."

The Clippers have a favorable schedule over the next few weeks, so their hot streak should continue.

A Feb. 2 matchup with the new-look Brooklyn Nets following the addition of James Harden will surely generate a lot of attention, and it'll be a good measuring stick for L.A.